Ask Capt. Maccoun: Scavengers In Our Midst

Maccoun“Though ordinances were passed making it illegal for people to steal recycling, it seems there is absolutely no enforcement. How do neighborhoods work with police to put an end to the middle-of-the-night din and shredding of garbage bags? Looks like a big revenue loss to the city each week.”

-Lori Hahn

Capt. Maccoun answers:

“The Sacramento Police Dept. appreciates the recent passage of Measure U to begin the process of restoring some of the approx. 30% loss of staffing we experienced. However, it will be over a year from now before the very first of those new officers hits the street. We don’t like the fact that these folks prowl about and have contacted some from time to time: most have little, if any criminal record. Thus, we have to continue to make the tough decisions on where to dispatch our officers. For now we have little choice but to simply advise officers when these calls come in and not dispatch them. Sometimes, officers will get a chance to contact them, most often not. I don’t want to raise an expectation we can not meet. We recommend putting out your recyclables in the morning as close to the time when recyclables get picked up as well.”

Capt. James Maccoun oversees the Sacramento Police Dept.’s north-area command, which includes Natomas. To submit your questions to Capt. Maccoun, send an email to [email protected] with “Ask Capt. Maccoun” in the subject line.

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